First Ever Film Review: “ORAPRONOBIS” (“FIGHT FOR US”)

Day 15 of the #NaNoPoblano2021 challenge. Major Theme: “A Few of My Earliest Things”. New sub-theme: “My Firsts”. Related post: My Evolution as a Writer. Related page: CRITIC’S CORNER

orapronobisWell, lookie what I found the other day…My very first film review! A few years back, I shared one that I thought was my first. But having found this, I changed my mind. I actually distinctly remember watching the film Orapronobis (Fight for Us). I was in school (sophomore year) and ready to go home. But we were asked to stay after a symposium on human rights. I stayed not only because it was for school (we were asked to write a film review or reaction paper). I stayed because I was somewhat interested. I was curious mainly because, in 1989, there was a film ban against it in the country. The public saw it only after its premiere at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.  

I always thought that the title should be Ora Pro Nobis, not one whole word. But when I saw the controversial film, I think it showed the title as one word. Doing a Google search now, I get the same results although there are some images that show it in three words. I also Google-translated.

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A 2019 free screening announcement from the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP). It was to pay tribute to the late director Lino Brocka. The title says ORA PRO NOBIS.  You can understand my confusion, right?

It detected the words as Latin for “Pray for Us”, not “Fight for Us”. So if you know that it’s supposed to be three Latin words that mean “Pray for Us”, also know that the wrong translation and title are not my fault at all.

To be honest, the film is still hardly viewed especially since many of the younger generation do not know about it. I also feel like there’s still some sort of invisible ban over it. For instance, only last year (or it could be back in 2019), the whole movie was uploaded on YouTube. I can’t find it now. 

I re-typed my review verbatim. Nevermind the wrong grammar and don’t expect too much. I’m just happy my teacher gave me a perfect score for it 🙂

ORAPRONOBIS

After the symposium about Human Rights Violation last Thursday, I was ready to leave school. Then it came as a surprise to me that class wasn’t over yet. We still had to watch a movie. My friend and I grumbled a little to ourselves. We knew that it would soon be dark and that we would arrive home late in the evening.

When I heard that it was the Orapronobis film we were about to see, I said to myself, “Why not? After all, I’ve heard a lot of positive comments about it already.” But still, I had the impression that I would just be bored. 

When the film started, I wasn’t quite interested. But as it went on, my first impression died. It was a very good movie after all.  It showed that even the military which was supposed (and is supposed) to protect the people were the ones who violated the rights of the civilians. Just because the military people are more powerful, they act like the world owes them a lot, that they can step on somebody’s neck anywhere and anytime they want. It wasn’t fair.

What is most unfair, it is the poor who is most pitiful. No wonder they (poor people) compose the N.P.A. the most. They just are too fed up with the way the government runs the nation. If the government and the military will not start to straighten up, what will happen to our country? Graft and corruption everywhere.  Violence here and there. These lead to too much human rights violation which are not only sinful to the eyes of man but to God’s eyes as well.   

Since I have spoken about God, I think, the worst sin you can do in this world is use his name and say you’re religious when you’re not or that you haven’t done anything wrong to anyone or against Him. I really detest those kind of people who try to wash their own hands. They’re nothing but frauds! And everytime I forget that they, too, have the right to live, I sometimes wish they’d be hanged on the gallows.

By the film, I could relate it to Jose Rizal’s El Filibusterismo. The church and the government, which were very powerful in his time, abused their authority over the Filipinos. They should’ve been models, they should’ve showed the way to righteousness. Instead, they showed cruelty and violations of the rights of the people. And only then did the people revolt.

But at that time, we were reigned by the Spaniards. Now that we aren’t, why should the government continue being a burden to society when it can make everybody’s life more pleasant? Should they (government officials) wait until the people of the republic themselves make drastic actions? The more people get hurt, the more they rebel.  If the government doesn’t need peace, the people do.

After the film, I still was worrying because it was dark outside already. But then, and so what? I realized this film was a million times worth watching. It didn’t matter what time it ended. I honestly think that such movies like it will always be that valuable to students like me (and very informative, too!). I am looking forward for more.

First Legit Blog Post: “Effanineffable 1: The Brain”

Day 14 of the #NaNoPoblano2021 challenge. Major Theme: “A Few of My Earliest Things”. New sub-theme: “My Firsts”.

I was wondering what to post. I’m glad I found this!

The End Justifies the Journey

This was one of my very first actual posts in my history of personal blogging. That was way back the Multiply platform days. But time sure does fly!

As explained in my homepage, “If you don’t get what ‘effanineffable’ means, congratulations, you got it.” The great T. S. Eliot came up with the word for his work Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. It’s a kind of weird word, a play at the original “effable” and at “ineffable”. As to the assigned number on the title, I wanted it to be a kind of series, like my weekly hash potatoes (no Twitter yet in those days). From what I know, there’s at least one more that followed this. Anyhoo, this was just me being goofy 😉

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First Fictional Book I Wrote: “YOUNG AND IN LOVE”

Day 13 of the #NaNoPoblano2021 challenge. Major Theme: “A Few of My Earliest Things”. New sub-theme: “My Firsts”. Related post: My Evolution as a Writer.

Book 1In relation to my previous post, First Books I Ever Wrote, I am sharing this. It’s Book 1 of the Roseville Books series: Young and In Love. I was young then but not in love. The protagonist being Filipino serves as proof of how much I really wanted to promote our race and nationality….To emphasize, it’s all handwritten and, of course, never been published anywhere. Other than when I went to school, my books have never really left this house.

It is really amusing how silly I was as a writer. At the same time, I am proud of myself because I was able to do it. This isn’t my first-ever story, but it is my first-ever novelette. My books will never be published. I know that for a fact, but I love them just the same, shallow storyline and wrong grammar and all. 

Here is the synopsis (typed verbatim) on the back cover:

Growin’ Pains

In every girl’s life, there always will be growing pains…especially like Joey’s.

She was a bit more conservative than any girl in school. She wasn’t even much interested in boys…almost. Joey has a great crush on Ken Burtonelly, Roseville High’s star quarterback until he blew it. He was unworthy of her affection.

Meanwhile, Joey met a cute but rather intimidating guy at their own grocery store where she also worked. She hated him at first but after sometime, the feeling was fast changing into a better one for him.

Would Joey fall for him instead? Worse…would he be another wrong guy?

I shared a link above if you’re interested in knowing my writing history.

First Books I Ever Wrote: THE ROSEVILLE SERIES

Day 12 of the #NaNoPoblano2021 challenge. Major Theme: “A Few of My Earliest Things”. New sub-theme: “My Firsts”. Related post: My Evolution as a Writer.

Like I said, every writer starts somewhere. These were the FIRST BOOKS I EVER WROTE. Granted that they were not exactly typed and published, but I started my stories writing these. I wrote seven in a span of a year! Of course, the stories all seem silly to me now, but they’re my treasures.

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I made this very simple logo

Why do the titles sound like they’re books a teeny-bopper would write? Because I was 15 when I started. I gave a link above if you’re interested about these so-called “novelettes” and my whole evolution as a writer.

There are only six stories in the photo because somebody borrowed the fourth (or is it the fifth…?) and never returned it. **cry**

My Early Fiction (in order, L-R):

  1. Young and In Love (above)
  2. Once Upon a Summer
  3. Angel
  4. Mr. Bodyguard (missing)
  5. The Boy Next Door
  6. Life Alone
  7. Weave the Net of Love
  8. In Linear Perspective (UNFINISHED)

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First Time Published: “NONEXISTENCE”

I’m back!!! I was able to finish the first part of my three-part, one-month challenge. But I didn’t finish it on time.  Because of that, I decided to stop for a while and think of  my next theme.

Honestly, a very personal issue happened in the middle of the month. I had to attend to it. It was kind of a big blow and did not exactly end well. Let’s just say there was a “consolation prize” but it definitely was waaaay different than I expected. My right was violated. My right was stolen. It wasn’t really just me but a group of us. I’m being vague. Still, I know you understand it’s not just a little matter.

I am moving on from that, though. One way is through picking up where I left things here. I have a new theme. I decided to post my “firsts”. Nothing is specific, just that they are my first-this, first-that. Therefore, to continue…  

Day 11 of the #NaNoPoblano2021 challenge. Major Theme: “A Few of My Earliest Things”. New sub-theme: “My Firsts”. You can find more of my poems (written from high school up to, well, now) at the POETRY NOOK.

I wrote this short little poem the other day. Make of it what you will. This is the FIRST time I am publishing it.

“DAISY IN HEAVEN”

Day 10 (for November 10) of the #NaNoPoblano2021 challenge, here we go! Major Theme: “A Few of My Earliest Things”. Sub-theme: “10 of My Earliest Poems”. You can find more of my poems (written from high school up to, well, now) at the POETRY NOOK.

Once in a while, I get the inspiration to write “lighter” poems. Also, I really like telling stories even through poetry. The one below is a response to a challenge posted in the writing group I belonged to before (it’s now non-existent). The challenge was this: “Write something using the words daisy, linger and truck. Avoid using a, an, and the.”  I didn’t notice I used the last word (guilty!). I managed to tease the group admin by including his username in it. It’s up to you to guess what it is. If it sounds weird, that’s probably it 😉

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“SANG-FROID”

Day 9 (for November 9) of the #NaNoPoblano2021 challenge, here we go! Major Theme: “A Few of My Earliest Things”. Sub-theme: “10 of My Earliest Poems”. You can find more of my poems (written from high school up to, well, now) at the POETRY NOOK.

I decided to reblog this because I really like it. I’ve shared this in past blogs already and it’s been published somewhere else once or twice. I wrote this for the first ever writing group I was a part of.

The End Justifies the Journey

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“REQUIESCAT IN PACE”

Day 8 (for November 8) of the #NaNoPoblano2021 challenge, here we go! Major Theme: “A Few of My Earliest Things”. Sub-theme: “10 of My Earliest Poems”. You can find more of my poems (written from high school up to, well, now) at the POETRY NOOK.

I edited some parts of this. I deleted unnecessary commas, corrected grammar (although when it comes to poems, grammar is not a priority), and changed a line from Latin to English because I’m not confident my Latin was correct in the first place. I’ve published this several times before, in its original form. The only reason it took me this long to share it here was that probably-erroneous line.  This is the final version, I promise.

RIP

“AMBROSIA”

Day 7 (for November 7) of the #NaNoPoblano2021 challenge, here we go! Major Theme: “A Few of My Earliest Things”. Sub-theme: “10 of My Earliest Poems”. You can find more of my poems (written from high school up to, well, now) at the POETRY NOOK.

I’ve decided to skip a poem or two, which topics is/are somewhat similar to the most recent ones. The Filipino/Tagalog ones, I will share some other time. This poem I am sharing, I especially like. I can definitely tell how much I grew as a poetry writer. I do realize that I write best when I am going through something. Full dislosure: I shared this before along with a “sequel” for another challenge. It’s also been published online before.

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“FAR”

Day 6 (for November 6) of the #NaNoPoblano2021 challenge, here we go! Major Theme: “A Few of My Earliest Things”. Sub-theme: “10 of My Earliest Poems”. You can find more of my poems (written from high school up to, well, now) at the POETRY NOOK.

I haven’t had time to translate my Filipino poems. I’m a bit disappointed because I think they are much better than my English ones. Anyway, until I am able to translate, I will post the English ones. Like this one.